Melvin Gordon wants a new contract. The Los Angeles Chargers running back is planning to carry out and demand a trade if he doesn’t get one shortly.
Gordon advised the Chargers that unless he receives a new contract, he’ll require a trade and won’t report to training camp, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.
ESPN first reported the information.
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Gordon will be subject to penalties of around $40,000 for each day missed if he does not report, per the collective bargaining agreement.
Damarius Bilbo, among those agents who repetitions Gordon, told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the running back is serious about holding out.
“He is very serious,” Bilbo said. “He has worked his ass off and the fifth-year alternative is a result of where he had been drafted. It’s what it is. But if we had gotten a respectable deal, we would not be here. But he felt disrespected. He’s very serious.”
Gordon is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, set to make $5.6 million. He wants the security which comes with guaranteed cash on a long-term deal. His 2019 salary is the 11th highest among running backs for this particular year. The 26-year-old likely looks at the list and sees a whole lot of springs used less than himself and that aren’t as critical to a team’s offensive operation getting paid more.
“We received an offer — talks were dead — we received an offer that wasn’t a fair deal based on which Melvin has done, where he had been drafted, and the way he’s performed, making two of the past four Pro Bowls,” Bilbo said. “It was disrespectful.”
The Chargers told NFL Media they don’t have any comment on the topic.
The do-it-all back was a keystone part of the Chargers crime since his second year in the league, compiling more than 1,300 scrimmage yards each of the past three seasons, together with 38 total touchdowns. Gordon proved his value to the L.A. offense last season whilst dealing with knee problems. The Chargers offense wasn’t the same with no bruising back in full threat-level.
The 2015 first-round pick skipped most of the offseason workouts, but attended mandatory minicamp in June, where he explained”I do not understand,” when asked when he would hold out of training camp without a new contract.
It’s conceivable a holdout could stretch to the regular season.
“We will cross that bridge when we arrive,” Bilbo informed Rapoport when asked if he’d sit out regular-season games. “If Melvin isn’t paid fairly, he’ll want to get traded.”
It’s likely the situation across city with Todd Gurley’s knee can provide the Chargers pause to pay Gordon. The Rams handed Gurley a heap of cash and now are dealing with a spine that might have chronic knee difficulties. Given Gordon’s injury history, the Chargers could be reticent to hand back a ton of guarantees.
Gordon addressed these concerns throughout June minicamp:
“It is an issue with everybody else,” Gordon explained. “But I know my worth. I understand what I bring to the team, and I am sticking with that. Todd’s paid, therefore Todd do not care what anyone says right now — him or David Johnson — they could say what they would like to say. They signed the dotted line.
“But sadly I haven’t yet, so I’ve got to take the heat for some of the stuff that they’re going through. But I am not them, and like I stated, I understand my worth .”
The dual-threat back knows his worth. He’s willing to carry out and demand a trade to somebody who will compensate him as such, if the Chargers will not.
Not having Gordon are a huge setback to the L.A. crime, one that looks poised to compete for a deep playoff run. But paying running backs in 2019 can be a laborious proposal for NFL teams.
Gordon’s sole leverage to get the deal he desires is to withhold his or her services. The back is preparing to do so.
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